Fight Back News Service is circulating the following letter, written by Labor for Palestine to the President of the AFL-CIO, urging support for the campaign to boycott Israel.
Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel
Issued by Labor for Palestine – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sanctions alone cannot eradicate apartheid; that task is ultimately left to the people of South Africa themselves. But economic pressure and political isolation of the South African government can hasten the day when justice and freedom reign in that troubled land.” –Richard L. Trumka, June 23, 1987
“We call on other workers and unions to . . . do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine is free.” –Congress of South African Trade Unions, February 3, 2009
“We urge all international trade unions to heed the call of Palestinian civil society, including the trade union movement, by endorsing BDS. We further urge all trade unions and trade union federations to sever their links with the Histadrut, a Zionist organization that has always played a key role in perpetuating Israel’s occupation, colonization and system of racial discrimination, and that has justified and applauded Israel’s war crimes in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.” –Palestinian Trade Union Movement Unanimously Confirms Support for BDS, November 25, 2009
Posted in Israel, Labor Movement, Palestine
Tagged AFL-CIO, Apartheid, BDS, Boycott, Congress of South African Trade Unions, COSATU, Desmond Tutu, divestment, Fight Back!, Gaza, Gaza Massacre, Goldstone Report, Israel, Labor for Palestine, Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, Richard L. Trumka, Sanctions, South Africa
The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine:
The resistance and steadfastness of the people of Gaza remains powerful and strong one year after the criminal war and aggression on Gaza, said the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on December 26, 2009 in a statement marking the first anniversary of the assault. The occupation massacres claimed the lives of nearly 1500 Palestinians and wounded and displaced tens of thousands, demolishing tens of thousands of homes which still await reconstruction today.
The Front’s statement said that “it is clear to all, month after month, and year after year, that the words of the United States about ‘peace’ and ‘negotiations’ are nothing more than meaningless sweet talk, false promises, and cheap attempts at bribery of our people while the occupation steals our land, violates our rights, slaughters our people.” At the same time, the noise of the so-called ‘peace process’ only hides the crimes of the occupier and serves as a mechanism of the Zionist occupation and its strategic ally in Washington to block our Palestinian internal efforts to end the division, restore national unity, and uphold our national rights, said the Front.
Posted in Palestine
Tagged anti-imperialism, Armed Struggle, Gaza Massacre, Goldstone Report, Israel, Maher Taher, PFLP, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, resistance, Revolution, Zionism
The following article is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine:
Comrade Mizher: Gaza stands resisting and steadfast one year after occupation massacres
A rally in Ezbet Abed Rabbo, one of the most devastated areas in last year’s Zionist assault on Gaza, organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine marked the one-year anniversary of the aggression on December 25, 2009. Thousands of residents of Abed Rabbo and members and supporters of the PFLP rallied in the village, amid the ruins of destroyed homes, waving Palestinian flags and PFLP banners.
Posted in Imperialism, Israel, Palestine
Tagged Abdel Muhti Abed Rabbo, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Ahmad Sa'adat, Al-Nakba, Armed Struggle, Gaza, Gaza Massacre, Israel, Jamil Mizher, Muin Khadr, National Liberation, Oslo, Palestine, PFLP, political prisoners, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Rabah Muhanna, Revolution